- 1A heavy object attached to a rope or chain and used to moor a vessel to the sea bottom, typically one having a metal shank with a ring at one end for the rope and a pair of curved and/or barbed flukes at the other.More example sentences
- They rigged two mooring legs on the ship's fantail, consisting of anchors, chain and heavy cable attached to two buoys.
- In addition to knitting, Johnson and a group of three women and one brave man meet several times a week in an empty space near the forecastle, the area of the ship where the anchor chains are stowed.
- The Rainbow Warrior had been blockading the military port until police boarded the ship on Saturday night and cut her anchor chain forcing the ship into dock.
- 1.1A person or thing that provides stability or confidence in an otherwise uncertain situation: the European Community is the economic anchor of the New EuropeMore example sentences
- ‘I hope to be an anchor to bring the stability to look at the economic and political coverage of the paper,’ he said.
- In the midst of all these changes and uncertainties, the key role of leadership is to provide an anchor that can offer some degree of stability.
- I think he's not your typical anchor, in that he shows up in situations that other anchors don't.
- 1.2 (in full anchor store) A store, e.g., a department store, that is the principal tenant of a mall or a shopping center.More example sentences
- Competition for anchor stores in shopping centres remains robust with Dunnes, Superquinn, Marks and Spencers and Tesco all hoping to expand their presence.
- Although permission was granted last year for that development, work has yet to begin on the 14-acres site even though anchor tenant Woodies has already signed up.
- An unnamed supermarket will be the anchor tenant of the shopping complex, which is set to transform the commercial life of the town as its population expands.
- 2chiefly North American An anchorman or anchorwoman, especially in broadcasting or athletics: he signed off after nineteen years as CBS news anchorMore example sentences
- Dowsett is a television news reporter / anchor for KTVL, the CBS station in Medford, Oregon.
- Behind a glass wall at one end is the smallest of Al Jazeera's three broadcast studios, where anchors read five-minute newscasts every hour.
- Even network news anchors or reporters, although they may introduce commercial messages, rarely actually deliver them.
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- 1Moor (a ship) to the sea bottom with an anchor: the ship was anchored in the lee of the island [no object]: we anchored in the harborMore example sentences
- At some point construction on the inside of the marina will begin and anchored yachts will be chased back outside.
- Personnel from HMAS Anzac set off to do a tour of Egypt while the ship is anchored near the entrance to the Suez Canal.
- A ship is anchored and ready to set sail for England on my command.
- 1.1Secure firmly in position: with cords and pitons they anchored him to the rock the tail is used as a hook with which the fish anchors itself to coral • figurative the first baseman is anchored to the bagMore example sentences
- Thus, for a quantitative characterization it seems reasonable to assume that vesicles are anchored at certain positions and can only move in a restricted space.
- Danny Dichio chipped in with two West Brom goals to keep County firmly anchored at the foot of the table.
- Gilkey was anchored securely to his position in the gully with two ice axes while the others moved to the other side of a rocky rib to set up a tent.
- 1.2Provide with a firm basis or foundation: it is important that policy be anchored to some acceptable theoretical basisMore example sentences
- However these ratings were achieved with families performing a uniform task that served to anchor the interaction and provide cues for rater judgment.
- For while Blair made, and makes, a cogent, cerebral case for his New Labourism, Gordon Brown had the previous day approached the same task - anchoring current policy in old time ideals - via a different route.
- Gold anchored national economies, providing the basis for their currencies.
- 2chiefly North American Act as an anchor for (a television program or sporting event): she anchored a television documentary series in the early 1980sMore example sentences
- She has anchored programmes on television, and has her brand ‘Karens’ producing fruit preserves, marmalades.
- The programme was anchored by popular television artiste, Udaya Bhanu.
- He also has the credit of being the youngest artiste to anchor television programmes.
- (Of a ship) moored by means of an anchor.More example sentences
- By the time they'd reached the top of the hills surrounding the harbor where the ship lay at anchor, she'd fallen hopelessly in love with Greece, the island and the taxi driver.
- At the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, dozens of container ships are stuck waiting at anchor or in a berth at any given time because there aren't enough dockworkers to unload them.
- The baton was transferred from her sister ship HMS Kent at anchor of Salalah, Oman after a concentrated programme of briefings, personnel and equipment exchanges.
- (Of a ship) let down the anchor and moor.More example sentences
- He found a safe site on the coast of South Africa where future sailing ships could drop anchor to pick up fresh water and food.
- Fair Isle's residents are surprisingly used to seeing strangers strolling around their land ever since cruise ships first dropped anchor off their shores.
- Best of all, the new docking arrangement would eliminate the need for some ships to drop anchor in the harbor, a true improvement, most anyone would agree, over the time-consuming nuisance of having to travel back and forth by tender.
weigh (or raise or heave) anchor
- (Of a ship) take up the anchor when ready to depart.More example sentences
- The next day with good weather the ship weighed anchor to rendezvous with HMAS Sydney.
- The ship weighed anchor as planned on April 18 after a visit which seemed all too short, and headed east on a passage of some 5,800 miles to Cairns in Australia.
- There was a sharp tug and a few muffled cries of sailors as they docked the ship, weighing anchor and tying ropes the width of Cleo's arm to great posts on the dock wall.
Old English ancor, ancra, via Latin from Greek ankura; reinforced in Middle English by Old French ancre. The current form is from anchora, an erroneous Latin spelling. The verb (from Old French ancrer) dates from Middle English.